You must plan how to set up storage for your ESXi systems before you format LUNs with VMFS datastores.
When you make your LUN decision, the following considerations apply:
- Each LUN must have the correct RAID level and storage characteristic for the applications running in virtual machines that use the LUN.
- Each LUN must contain only one VMFS datastore.
- If multiple virtual machines access the same VMFS, use disk shares to prioritize virtual machines.
You might want fewer, larger LUNs for the following reasons:
- More flexibility to create virtual machines without asking the storage administrator for more space.
- More flexibility for resizing virtual disks, doing snapshots, and so on.
- Fewer VMFS datastores to manage.
You might want more, smaller LUNs for the following reasons:
- Less wasted storage space.
- Different applications might need different RAID characteristics.
- More flexibility, as the multipathing policy and disk shares are set per LUN.
- Use of Microsoft Cluster Service requires that each cluster disk resource is in its own LUN.
- Better performance because there is less contention for a single volume.
When the storage characterization for a virtual machine is unavailable, it might not be easy to determine the number and size of LUNs to provision. You can experiment using either a predictive or adaptive scheme.